A supplement to the curriculum focusing on issues of peace and war was announced. Developed over the past semester by a group of students and faculty members, the plan took into account the relative lack of disciplinary preparation most students would bring to understanding the fundamental factors involved in the preservation or violation of peace. They thus ruled out the establishment of a new course or new courses on the subject, fearing that they would likely be either superficial or restrictive.
Under the plan students in certain courses in sociology, political science, geography, psychology, philosophy, religion English, comparative literature and drama were allowed to center their long papers or special projects on subjects related to peace and war. In addition, work designated as general credit in the major field could be devoted to a study of some aspect of the question of peace and war. As independent study, this work, overseen by a member of the student’s major department, could be undertaken at any time after the first semester of the sophomore year, could be a program carried out during a summer and must have been completed before the beginning of the student’s senior year.
The participating departments also prepared summer reading lists on this subject for all students, regardless of their election or not of the credit options.